Passengers now can walk between all concourses in the secured area of Seattle-Tacoma International Airport without having to exit and re-enter through security

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Passengers now can walk between all concourses in the secured area of Seattle-Tacoma International Airport without having to exit and re-enter through security checkpoints.

Walkways (sometimes circuitous) link the D Gates, at the north end of the main terminal, to the new Concourse A, at the south end and to the trains to the north and south satellites.

This gives travelers easy access to more stores, restaurants and services.

Sea-Tac information: 206-433-5388 or


Rooms for smokers are

dwindling in U.S. cities

Smokers still fuming about restaurant smoking bans, take note: Hotels are shrinking their smoking venues as well.

On average, hotels in major cities allow smoking in only 16 percent of their rooms — down from 20 percent just a few years ago, according to the research firm PricewaterhouseCooper.

Furthermore, the trends don’t augur well in favor of smokers. Hotels that have banned smoking entirely seem thrilled with their decisions and gleefully report how good it’s been for business.

The Ohana Reef Lanai in Waikiki, for example, recently announced that its occupancy rates swelled after the Hawaiian hotel went smoke-free a year ago. Apple Core Hotels brags that its smoke-free Comfort Inn in Midtown Manhattan fills its rooms 98 percent of the time, and had 100 percent occupancy for the month of April.


Key West partying with

Hemingway, music

The Florida Keys have some wacky summer celebrations, each with serious notes:

The Lower Keys Underwater Music Festival, scheduled July 10 in Big Pine Key, attracts 600 divers and snorkelers to the Looe Key National Marine Sanctuary. A local radio station broadcasts everything from Jimmy Buffett to the theme from “Jaws” on specially designed speakers that are suspended underwater from dive boats. Interspersed between the music are public-service announcements about reef conservation; you can hear the broadcast whether you’re on land or beneath the waves.

From July 20-25, the annual Hemingway Days festival pays tribute to author Ernest Hemingway’s days on Key West. Events include a Hemingway look-alike contest, a marlin fishing tournament and a short-story contest. More information: 800-FLA-KEYS or


New Danish Jewish Museum
opens in Copenhagen

The Danes helped shield and arrange escapes for thousands of Jews from the Nazis during the World War II German occupation of Denmark. A new Danish Jewish Museum opened this month in Copenhagen, devoted to the history and culture of Jews in Denmark during World War II and beyond.

The museum is sited within the Royal Library in its oldest section — the Royal Boathouse built by Christian IV about 400 years ago. This king was the first to invite Jews to settle in Denmark, and his boathouse, later converted to the library, was where a collection of Hebraica and Judaica was hidden for protection during the Nazi occupation.

Museum construction was funded publicly and privately, including a $250,000 donation from the Victor Borge Foundation. More information:


The things we often

forget to take

You could make a pretty good packing list out of the results of a recent survey showing what people most frequently forget to pack.

Some 42 percent of adults said they sometimes forget toothbrush and toothpaste, according to a survey conducted by the polling firm CyberPulse for Celebrity Cruises.

Second place: underwear, forgotten by 22 percent. Film is third, sunscreen is fourth and fifth place is a tie: tickets and contraceptives.

The only thing that can mess up a trip even worse: leaving behind the passport — something 3 percent of travelers said they’d done.


Stars line up for music

festival in the mountains

Superstar Sheryl Crow, Lucinda Williams and the Steve Miller Band have been added to the lineup at this year’s Jazz Aspen Snowmass Sept. 3-6.

The 14th annual Labor Day festival is held open-air in the Elk Mountain Range in Colorado and attracts crowds of up to 10,000 daily. This year’s lineup also includes David Byrne featuring Tosca Strings, Lyle Lovett and Jack Johnson.

More information: 866-527-8499 or For information on visiting Colorado, see

Seattle Times staff, news services